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A VERY HAPPY TEACHERS’ DAY

 

MRS.R.RAJAMMAL,B.Sc, MA.M.Ed. (Kehtorai Rajma)

A President’s award winning teacher (KV2, AFS, Tambaram) whose name has been recommended for PADMA SHRI

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Salutations to the teachers of our glorious nation

“ The mediocre teachers tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward

The concept of being a teacher in the Indian context is predominantly divine and socially a source of inspiration. Even from the ancient times, the significance of a teacher has been approved by the vedic order. That’s why we say, “Matha, Pitha, Guru, Devo Maheshwaraha.” Teacher, the guru, is given a place superior to God, the creator Himself. The role of a teacher in Indian society has been recorded and regarded as the custodian of culture, tradition and heritage. Teacher stands as the embodiment of virtue, repository of immaculate kindness and the fountainhead of gentility and generosity. In fact, in no other social system of the world, teachers have been treated with utmost dignity, stupendous esteem and marvelous identity.
A teacher in the school plays a multi-faceted role – responsible mentor, a second parent, a good friend a philosopher, a guide and a true counselor. In this electronic era where the students become ultimately restless due to various pressures of life, a teacher becomes the compendium of colossal endurance. A student is like a shapeless raw clay handed over to the teacher with hopes of being beautifully moulded. A good teacher is like a candle who burns to illuminate the way for others. An earnest teacher guides the students their way, but does not escort them to their destination.
Teachers’ Day is celebrated as a tribute to the valuable contribution made by the teachers to the society by imparting knowledge and the enlightening and shaping the carrier of students. Every year on 5th September, we gratefully remember the great educationist Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, whose dream was that “Teachers should be the best minds in the country.” Teachers play an influential role in the life of every student. They are like the beacons of light, guiding student’s right from the formative years of their lives. Teachers mould them and in the process of their future, what they learn from their teachers remains with them forever. Teaching gives self satisfaction for the teacher. The entire teaching community should render their services for the upliftment of the student community.
If the triangular bond among the Students, Teachers and Parents is strong and meaningful, then the nation’s future is secured.

Happy Birthday, Hethey [Grandma]!

2nd September,2014

Idyammal Bellie Gowder

Mom, you would have been 104 years today and we would have celebrated your birthday in style.

Your children and grand children would have called from all over the world to wish you Happy Birthday – a daughter from Kundey Kettchigatti, another daughter from Chennai/Madras, grand son from South Africa,  a grand daughter from Ooty, a grandson from Bangalore, a grand daughter from Australia, another grand daughter from New Delhi….. and from many other places

Your sons and daughters in law would have celebrated the day with you along with a Birthday Cake brought in by another grand daughter from Coonoor and her son/your great grandson would have bowed his head and said,’Somee hethey, harachu’. You would hold him and blessed him as you would have blessed us all, ‘Somee, harachava kottu, sogava kottu , hoppa edey bappa edey ella olliththay aagali’ / Oh Almighty, give them health and happiness and , let there be only good things wherever they go‘.

You would have in typical style said with a smile ” ennu aesu kalaththa ebbadhu – how long you want me to live?

And, suddenly one night, you chose to leave us WITHOUT REALLY SAYING ‘Hoyittu Bannu – good bye!’

You were everything for us in all those glorious 99 years and 10 months when you were ‘here’. Your blessings still guard and guide us in all our endevours.

We miss you , Mom / Hethey

Elle idhale’yu engava harachu

[Bless us all from wherever you are]

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Idyammal Bellie Gowder
Born September 02, 1912
Hubbathalai, The Nilgiris
Died July 13, 2011 (aged 99 years 10 months)
Parents Rao Bahadue HJ Bellie Gowder and Nanji Hethe
Sister of Rao Bahadur HB Ari Gowder
Spouse B.K.Bellie Gowder [Bearhatti]


[A pencil sketch of Mom by  son JP in 1968 while she was reading an issue of Femina]

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Rajma

|[President’s award winning KV Teacher]| comments :-
Memories of this great and royal lady will remain eternally in the hearts of all who have known her. Happy Birth Day Hethey. Brilliant eyes and flawless smile. She looks stunning in photograph.Blessed are her children ,grand and great grand children who live around the world..

Badaga Chant – “Eay, Ah How” – [ ‘Athikkodhu’]

“Eay, Ah How” – Badaga ‘Athikkodhu’

The beauty about Badaga community is not only the unique customs specific to the community but the steadfast belief with which atleast some of them are followed by Badagas with fervour. one of them is the loud chanting of ‘Athikkodhu – saaying of EAY AH HOW – on certain but specific occasions.

Three occasions come to mind immediately,

1)During “hethay Habba’ – both when from every village the devotees go to Hethay temples at Beragani and Peddhuva as well as when the Hethay deity is taken to ‘Madi Halla -river’ for change into new dress once a year [and also whenever is a temple deity is taken on procession during habbas in hattis],

2)during weddings when the bride and groom are brought to the ‘Madhuvay Mane – wedding house,and the newly weds are taken to the temple and

3)on funerals when the widow is brought for ‘olay Kattodhu’ and the ‘akki eththuva ‘ procession starts from the ‘dhodda Mane’ to ‘saavu hanay ‘ where the corpse/body is kept before being taken for burial.

This loud ‘cry’ is made from the bottom of the stomach by a few leading the procession and repeated by the rest following them.

Listen to ‘Saavu Aathikkodhu’ recorded live in Ketchigatti here
http://soundcloud.com/bjaypee/athikkodhu-saavu

Listen to ‘Maduvay Aathikkodhu’ recorded live in Thambatty here http://soundcloud.com/bjaypee/athikkodhu-madhuvay

Badaga Songs on the web

Badaga Panjayats…?!

In the olden days, Badagas lived a very simple but highly cohesive life. Evey village -hatti, consisted of one or two ‘families or Kudumbas’. Each kudumba, as the name indicates, consisted of brothers and they usually lived in the same street – ‘thara’. The ancestral home was given to the youngest son and, due to space constraints, the elder brothers moved out to build separate houses.
 
The youngest son  [when married] was expected to take care of the elderly parents. The sister(s) married off to other hattis were always welcome to the parents house and for the children of the these females, their parents house was a source of great safety and security and the brother’s house was a sacred house known as ‘GURU Manay’. Though the property was given ONLY to sons, the married daughters could come back to the parents house anytime in case of any matrimonial discord. The daughters were given all the respect and they never felt neglected. Mind you, this was a time when girls were married off at a very young age and in most of cases, not educated.

Every family lived a contented life with total cooperation. This, of course, was the time when the undivided Hindu family wealth and property was given to only sons in our Country.
 
But all that changed over time. Material lust took control over conventional matters. The daughters, more often than not, were not welcomed by the brothers (generally due to their wives pressure). This combined with lack of education and absent of other alternatives, forced many daughters to suffer in silence. If they had children and a wayward husband who indulged in wasteful life with drinking being an eternal curse, the life was not only miserable but unbearable. Like in all other communities in our great country, the girls were forced to live a condemned life.

This is the time visionaries and forward looking Badaga leaders like Rao bahadur Bellie Gowder and his son Rao Badahur Ari Gowder high lighted the impoetance of education, the former built the first school along with a hostel that provided free education to Badaga boys and the latter insisted that the girl child should be educated and equal rights and property be given as the boys among Badagas. Empowering women. Now, even the laws in our country has been amended wherein the boys and girls have equal rights on the property of the parents.
Sadly, even in this day and time, in many hattis, the property is recommended to be given ONLY to sons by the so called hatti ‘elders’ in what can be termed as ‘kapp’ panjayats to sort out property disputes. As you may be aware KAPP panjayats are popular male dominated forums in Hariyana and wester UP who had given the ‘OK’ for honour killings, acting as extra constitutional authorities and are in trouble as Supreme Court is looking into their actions.

The problem is, in olden days a complaint was made to the common wisdom of hatti elders when the disputes could not be solved within the family – Kudumba. The Badaga proverb – doddaru shloka – ‘manay ya maathaadi, mandaga hogu’ aptly describes this. Also, in olden days, the options of going to the court or seeking remedy through legal channels were not easy. Tthe ‘core committee’ of elders looking into complaints was made up of non partisan, experienced and where available educated people and their rulings were acceptable to all.
 
These days, in most of the hattis the ‘Gowda’ chosen is the one who does not have a permanent or regular job as he has to attend to a lot social functions both in his as well as in other hattis.  Other members of the ‘problem solving’ group are youngsters selected for collection of tax – wari and to organise temple festivals – habbas etc. By no stretch of imagination, they can can be considered as competent or qualified and least of all experience which is a must.

And, most importantly, when it comes to property allocation to daughters, how can these panjayats go against the law of the land? The feeble argument that only a son can be called a ‘WARISU’ is blatantly brutal, one sided, gender biased and ‘anti-female’ like many other social issues in our society.

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For a change – to relax on a weekend

Can you crack these codes and find out the ‘hidden messages’?

Yes, it is better to stand on your head and clear all DO(ub)TS ?!

 

 

Art in WORDS or Words in ART ? !

Original works of ‘ Bellie Jayaprakash ‘ [No reproduction permitted]

 

~~~ A picture is worth… a thousand words ~~~

Photos by Bellie Jayaprakash ©2014

Baduga or Badaga – which website ?

Baduga or Badaga …well both are the same!

While, http://www.baduga.co has more plugins that allow greater flexibility with animations and easier accessibility & ‘ad’ support [since it is based on wordpress.org], http://www.badaga.co [based on wordpress.com] is updated with the ‘latest’ on and of Badaga almost on a daily basis.

For a quick update and ‘faster glance’ visit www.baduga.co

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You can easily access the websites that is

‘ALL ABOUT THE BADAGAS OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS’

in your smart phones and read/see the posts/pix !

In excerpts that can be expanded !!

Take a look !!!

The websites www.badaga.co and www.baduga.co are  ‘mobile friendly’ !